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Fort William

Fort William

Photo by contributor Parks Canada - Posted December, 2011

Fort William

Photo by contributors Peter and Gloria - Posted July, 2012

Plaque Location

The District of Thunder Bay
The City of Thunder Bay
Just in from the sidewalk on the north side of Vickers Park
on Arthur Street East, just east of Waterloo Street South

Coordinates: N 48 22.834 W 89 15.643


Plaque Text

In aboriginal times the Kaministikwia river was an important link between the Great Lakes and the northwest, and from the late 17th century French posts here at its mouth served as bases for the penetration of the interior. Between 1804 and 1821 this was the depot from which the North West Company tapped the rich fur resources of half a continent. In 1875 construction was begun for the lake terminus of the Canadian Pacific Railway, and in 1883 the first grain from the prairies reached here for trans-shipment to the east. In 1905 a second transcontinental line, the Grand Trunk Pacific, was begun from here.

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